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KUALA LUMPUR – This is the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Budget 2017 Speech at Dewan Rakyat, Friday.

THE 2017 BUDGET SPEECH By YAB DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE INTRODUCING THE SUPPLY BILL (2017) IN THE DEWAN RAKYAT

“ENSURING UNITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH, INCLUSIVE PRUDENT SPENDING, WELLBEING OF THE RAKYAT”

Mr. Speaker Sir,

I beg to move the Bill intituled “An Act to apply a sum from the Consolidated Fund for the service of the year 2017 and to appropriate that sum for the service of that year” be read a second time.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

BismillahirRahmanirRahim

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin Wabihi Nasta’in

1. Praises be to Allah, for His blessings that we are gathered here today, 21 October 2016, for the tabling of the 2017 Budget.
2. Peace be upon Prophet Muhammad, the chosen messenger.

3. Dear Allah, the Best Planner, we pray for Your guidance and we seek for Your grace.
Mr. Speaker Sir,

4. We like to take this opportunity to welcome home the 23,000 Hajj pilgrims. May your Hajj be accepted by the All Mighty. InsyaAllah.
Mr. Speaker Sir,

5. Since the past six decades, many budgets have been tabled.

6. The first post-independence budget was presented in the parliament in 1959 with only a total allocation of RM888 million, while the current 2017 Budget stands at RM260.8 billion.

7. For the past 60 years, the Parti Perikatan and now, the Barisan Nasional Government has successfully sustained the GDP growth at an average of six per cent 6% per annum.

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah,

Mr. Speaker Sir,

8. The 2017 Budget allocates a sum of RM260.8 billion, an increase of 3.4% from the 2016 Budget Recalibration.

9. Of which, RM214.8 billion is allocated for Operating Expenditure, while RM46 billion for Development Expenditure. This does not include contingencies which amounts to RM2 billion.

10. Under the Operating Expenditure, a total of RM77.4 billion is for Emolument and RM32 billion for Supplies and Services.

11. Meanwhile, a sum of RM103.9 billion is allocated for Fixed Charges and Grants. A sum of RM691 million is allocated for Purchase of Assets, while RM816.6 million for Other Expenditures.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

12. Under the Development Expenditure, the economic sector will receive the highest share of RM25.9 billion, followed by social sector with RM12.2 billion. The security sector will be allocated RM5.3 billion and the general administration more than RM2.5 billion.

13. The revenue collection in 2017 is expected to expand at around 3% to RM219.7 billion.

14. In addition, the Government is expected to achieve the fiscal deficit target of 3% of GDP in 2017, compared with 3.1% this year.

15. Mr. Speaker Sir, Ladies and Gentlemen…I understand that these figures and numbers may not be easily understood.

16. In reality, the Government is always committed to implement an optimum budget for rakyat through prudent spending even though we are faced with global economic uncertainties.

Ladies and gentlemen,

17. The definition of prudent spending by the Government is similar to a sensible father or head of family manages his finances to meet household needs.

18. In other words, if previously we could afford expensive toys, however, in the present situation we could continue to do so but within our means.

19. This is also applicable for food and dining where one is advised to spend in moderation according to ones need.

20. Furthermore, Malaysia is known as Food Haven.

* 616KM of village roads and bridges will be built and upgraded with RM1.2 billion to enhance connectivity of villages, towns and cities

* RM4.6 billion allocated to all states under the Malaysian Road Records Information System (MARRIS) to maintain state roads

* RM350 million to build and refurbish 17,000 units of destitute and dilapidated houses in remote villages and Orang Asli settlements

* RM 800 million allocated to implement People-Friendly Projects,

* 69 flood mitigation plans to be continued nationwide with RM495 million allocation

21. For example, during the recent Independence Message, I had given examples of good food at a reasonable price such as the Nasi Kandar Vanggey in Ipoh.

22. I found out that a young female local graduate is selling ‘Nasi Lemak Anak Dara’ in Shah Alam. It went viral that she was summoned.

23. Nevertheless, the Government encourages such individuals, especially graduates to venture into entrepreneurship and we pray for their success.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

24. In formulating the 2017 Budget, we have drawn learnings from the Surah Yusuf verses 43 to 49. As interpreted by the ulamas, one should plan and prepare during the first seven years, while facing the subsequent seven years of challenges in order to sustain economic resilience.

25. As a lesson learnt from the above historical event, about seven years ago, in 2008, Malaysia was also affected by the global economic slowdown.

* 5,000 unit of MyBeautiful New Home scheme under NBOS for B40 group with allocation of RM200 million, government finance RM20,000, remaining will be paid as instalments by owner

* RM275 million proposed for various initiatives to improve rakyat’s income opportunities especially B40 group

* Nearly RM10 billion provided to ease the cost of living, including cooking gas subsidies; toll charges; and public transport.

* BR1M will be increased to RM1,200 for households in e-Kasih database earning below RM3,000

* For households earning between RM3,000 & RM4,000, BR1M will be increased to RM900

* BR1M will be increased to RM450 for single individuals earning below RM2,000

 

26. Therefore, upon my appointment as the Minister of Finance, under the leadership of the former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, we launched the First Economic Stimulus Package, amounting nearly RM7 billion to revitalise the economy.

27. The first stimulus package was just an interim measure. Subsequently in March 2009, a month after I took over the office as the Prime Minister, the Second Economic Stimulus Package of RM60 billion was implemented.

28. Clearly, this was a proactive measure to stimulate the slow economic growth at that time. As a result, the economy rebounded with GDP reaching 7.4% in 2010.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

29. Alhamdulillah, following the various incentives from the stimulus packages as well as seven previous Budgets, our economy remains stable and on a positive trajectory.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

30. In reality, the current uncertainties in the external economy are beyond our control.

31. The slower external economic growth is caused by subdued growth among all major economies, simultaneously.

32. As a result, global growth is expected to moderate 3.1% in 2016 from 3.2% in 2015.

33. Nevertheless, we are grateful that our economic growth remained stable and sustainable during first half of the year.

34. Clearly, the country’s economy grew at 4.1% and we are confident of achieving a growth between 4% and 4.5% in 2016 and between 4% and 5% in 2017. InsyaAllah.

35. Indeed, we are now on the right track, as we have and are taking right decisions even though the measures were unpopular.

36. I would like emphasise, that all those major and crucial decisions were deliberately done.

37. As the saying goes, save for a rainy day, we have laid strong foundations for the country’s long-term financial and economic position.

Mr. Speaker Sir, Ladies and Gentlemen,

38. All these were achieved due to the Government’s diligence and planning, focusing on various strategic measures since 2010.

39. Firstly: Diversifying the Government’s sources of revenue, particularly to reduce the dependency on oil and gas sector-related revenue from 41.3% in 2009 to 14.6% in 2016.

40. As a result of further diversification of our economy, the growth had been resilient and sustained despite the recent decline in oil prices by almost 50%.

41. Second: The Government’s bold measure to implement GST had diversified the sources of revenue. We should realise that there are only 2.1 million income tax payers out of 14.6 million of the country’s total workforce.

42. In addition, with the recent fall in oil prices, it is estimated a loss of Government’s revenue by RM30 billion from income tax, corporate tax, royalty, PETRONAS dividend and Petroleum Income Tax.

43. Hence, we should be grateful with the implementation of GST, as the Government is able to support its expenditure amid limited resources.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

44. I am pleased to report, the GST collection has reached nearly RM30 billion as of 19 October 2016.

45. I would like to stress, we should not believe the grapevine of the increase in GST rates. Those are just hearsays and are untrue.

46. Third, Subsidy Rationalisation. For example, the oil subsidy in 1995 stood at RM123 million, constituting only 0.24% of the overall national budget.

47. At its peak in 2012, it reached RM24.8 billion or 9.8% of the overall national budget.

48. Overall, the inefficient bulk subsidy system clearly burdens the Government’s financial position and causes leakages. As such we have replaced it with a targeted subsidy system, benefitting those who are really in need.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

49. It is evident, through measures and initiatives implemented by the Government, our economy records sustainable growth. According to the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), Malaysia is now an upper middle-income country, surpassing many countries not only in Asia but also throughout the world.

50. Malaysia’s PPP per capita has increased from USD23,100 in 2012 to USD26,891 in 2015.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

51. From a different angle, the Government is aware of the rumours on the so called deteriorating investors’ confidence on the Malaysian economy.

52. A nation’s economy is highly related to perception, as without confidence there will be no investment to drive the economy.

53. But, if our own people, undermine and sabotage our economy, we are bringing down our own nation.

54. Therefore, accusations by irresponsible internal and external parties must be stopped!

55. Despite many challenges, the Barisan Nasional Government will do what it takes for the beloved rakyat, from Peninsular to Sabah and Sarawak, we will continue to propel the country forward.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

56. Syukur Alhamdulillah, facts and figures have proven the truth.

57. For example, the total approved foreign investment was more than RM28 billion during the first half of 2016, an increase by 32% compared with the same period last year.

58. This excludes approved domestic investment which totalled to more than RM60 billion.

59. In fact, during my official visit to Germany last month, I met the business community who expressed their interest to continue to invest in Malaysia as they are confident with the Government’s sound policies, meeting their expectations.

60. For example, OSRAM has announced an investment worth EUR1 billion or equivalent to nearly RM5 billion.

61. This LED plant investment in Kulim, Kedah will be the largest and the latest in the world.

62. Insya-Allah, next week I will be heading to China and we hope to attract more investment.

63. Recently, according to Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank, as many nations suffer because of falling commodity prices, Malaysia stands out for having transformed itself from a poor, commodity-exporting nation to a modern diversified economy.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

64. Each time the budget is discussed, many intellectuals will refer and deliberate on several important verses in the Al-Quran, among others, Surah Al-Hasyr verse 7, that, do not allow wealth to circulate only among the rich.

65. I have sought views from various ulama and learned Muslims regarding this verse. They interpreted that this verse has to be seen from a wider and more holistic context.

 

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